Although they are paying far from pro level prices, a sports fan can take something positive away from the success the Windsor Spitfires are having in selling season tickets for their new building.
According to the team, there are almost 3,500 season ticket holders now, up from 2,000 last year. Those are some nice numbers, especially considering that Windsor is one of the hardest hit areas of the country in this economic downturn. Maybe there is some truth to the adage that sports is recession proof (or maybe some people are seeing the value in junior hockey versus the Wings...).
The new rink, which was a looooong time coming, opens this Thursday with about as good a game as you could have hoped for - a possible OHL final preview between Belleville and Windsor. It's a bit early to read too much into head-to-head games in the O (both teams will have added talent by the time the playoffs roll around), but that doesn't mean it won't be a hell of a game for the neutral fan to watch.
I'm not neutral. Go Bulls. Crash that party!